Friday, September 9, 2011

Ploughman's Lunch

Ever heard of a ploughman's lunch?

It orginated in the United Kingdom and is served in pubs usually with beer, lager, or cider. This cold meal is composed of cheese, bread, butter, and pickles. Additional items can be included such as: green salad, green vegetable, celery, spring onions, radishes, carrots, apples, pate and eggs. A comparable meal, popular prior to World War II, was also known as 'ploughboy's lunch'.

The Oxford English Dictionary records that the first mention of a ploughman's lunch is to be found in the Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, the 18th Century author, where it is described variously as a sandwich, albeit with an unnamed filling, and a ploughman's meal of boiled beef and Scotch broth.

Give it a try one day this fall and you will not be disappointed.

· Loaf of crusty bread thickly sliced
· Unsalted butter
· Chunk of good English Cheddar
· Thinly sliced ham
· Jar of pickled onions
· Jar of chutney or pickles
· Crisp apples sliced
· Bunch or radishes or grapes
· Tomatoes
· Baby carrots
· Spring onions
· Soft hard-boiled eggs